Disaster relief available in Brown, Jackson, Jennings counties

The U.S. Small Business Administration declared Jackson, Brown and Jennings Counties as disaster areas last week and low-interest loans are available to help businesses and residents recover and repair damages.

State Rep. Jim Lucas of Seymour said that the declaration is in response to the severe weather and flooding June 18th and 19th.

The declaration covers Jefferson and Monroe counties, and the adjacent counties of Brown, Clark, Greene, Jackson, Jennings, Lawrence, Morgan, Owen, Ripley, Scott and Switzerland in Indiana.

Homeowners who live in a county where a disaster has been declared and who suffered damage to their home due to the storms, could be eligible for a grant from the State Disaster Relief Fund, Lucas said.

However, you must first apply for a Small Business Administration disaster loan and be denied before you can submit an application for a grant from the state fund.

The deadline to file is Sept. 7th.

Lucas says the agency opened two Disaster Loan Outreach Centers on Friday, in Jefferson and Monroe counties for anyone wishing to file claims in-person. Those are located at Monroe County Convention Center, 302 S. College St., Bloomington, IN 47403 and the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce, 301 E. Main St., Madison, IN 47250. They will be open Mondays through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will close permanently on Friday.

You can also apply online.